Until recently, I never considered submitting one of my quilts into a quilt show. Overwhelmingly, I make quilts for my family and to give away and I love doing that. But, when the Modern Quilt Guild announced that it would be showcasing works that present that aesthetic at Quilt Market this fall, I got excited and wanted to enter. After thinking about what I loved most about modern quilting, I made this:
The print is one of my favorite Nani Iro florals. I wanted to capture the floaty feeling that the shapes give in the fabric to the overall quilt. I paired the print with a happy orange shot cotton and an ivory background. I had the strips on my design wall for a really long time. I changed their order, and fussed with the space between the fabrics. But when it came time to put together, it went quickly. Never have I felt so confident in my design. It was a wonderful feeling; I felt like I was finally finding how and what I really want to be making. I hoped more than anything that it would be accepted into the showcase.
When I heard that it wasn’t selected, that only 33 quilts were chosen and not to give up, I sighed. I felt a twinge of jealousy. My husband hugged me. And then, I started thinking about my favorite thing. The Next Quilt. And then I was fine. I really did want to have it in the showcase, but it is really ok that it’s not. I made the kind of quilt that makes me happy, and says what I want to say as a quilter. That’s not a small thing, and for that I am happy.